We’re introducing guest blogger Pam Geller, a freelance marketing consultant, who traveled to Nairobi, Kenya with her three kids, Kayla | 7 yrs, Drew | 6 yrs, and Jenna | 3 yrs, who just happened to be wearing Tea on their trip.
When we visited our tour guide Daniel’s Kraal (Maasai rural village, visible in the background of the photos above), we were invited to witness their lion dance which includes jumping.
Maasai jumping is a tradition done at celebrations like a wedding. The highest jumper gets the most ladies (of course)! They were kind enough to invite us to try. Check out of the video of us taking part in the Maasai jumping tradition.
Alright, it’s Valentine’s Day. You bought some cards and chocolates but you still feel unprepared. After all, what are you going to do with your kids before you leave them with the babysitter? It’s okay, Tea has you covered. We have five easy Valentine’s Day activities your family can enjoy- no shopping required!
1) Our designer Katy recently shared a Valentine’s Day tradition with us that was too cute not to share. Instead of making the dinner date mom and dad only, bring the kids along. Dad gets to go on a fun date with the daughters and mom gets to go on a date with the boys. This tradition will allow each child to feel special getting one-on-one time with their parent.
2) We recently asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite Valentine’s Day activities. One fan explained how her family writes secret messages in white crayon on white heart-shaped cards for each family member. Then they each take turns using water colors to paint over the crayon to reveal each person’s love-filled message. How cute is that?
3) When I was younger, my mom and I would use up all of our craft supplies to make Valentine’s day cards for the residents at the local retirement home. Our kitchen table would be covered in red construction paper, doilies, glitter and glue! After we created a good amount, we would head to the retirement home and hand them out to each resident. I love this activity because not only did I get to create endless amounts of Valentine’s but my mom was also teaching me kindness and philanthropy. You can’t beat that!
4) Maybe you don’t have heart-shaped sugar cookies or red frosting, but who says you can’t bake up some oatmeal raisin cookies? Just because you don’t have the perfect Valentine’s recipe doesn’t mean you can’t engage in a bake-off with your kids. Make whatever you have ingredients for, whether it’s rice crispy treats, pudding pops, or some jello jigglers. Don’t limit yourself to only Valentine’s day themed deserts, bake because it’s a fun way to spend time with those you love.
5) Create a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt! Hide clues around the house eventually leading your children to a prize. The prize could be anything from a stack of Hershey kisses to a big hug from mom and dad. After all, it’s the journey, not the destination, that’s the fun part!
The activities above are quick and easy to prep with little time involved. Share your easy Valentine’s day activities below.
This post was written by Cindy Young, the manager of technical design at Tea.
Cindy and her family
I came to the United States from China when I was 9 years old. Growing up in San Francisco, a city with diverse cultures and a large Asian population provided me with great comfort while assimilating into the new American culture. My first exposure to Christmas came through school, where we celebrated togetherness, exchanged gifts, decorated the room with lights and ornaments, listened to joyous music, and enjoyed lots of festivities and yummy treats; very similar to Chinese New Year actually. The jolly ole Saint Nick character was different though …
My family continued to celebrate Christmas to share in the experience with our American friends. Six years ago, I married my husband Brent, who is an American from Scottish/English and Greek descent. His family is not religious and predominantly follows the American traditions for the holiday spirit. They have a set of consistent traditions with the main focus being on family. Generally, they aim to do fun and meaningful, but traditional, activities together such as decorating the tree, enjoying a nice formal dinner at home on Christmas Eve, going to Christmas plays or concerts, and laughing while frantically wrapping any last minute presents. On the big day, they take turns opening stockings and gifts before enjoying a hearty and delightful brunch with a delicious spread of food and Stollen (a traditional German loaf-shaped cake containing dried fruit, and covered with powdered sugar). They then call family and friends to wish them Merry Christmas, share stories from the morning, and catch up from when they last spoke. Fully spent, everyone then takes a nap to re-energize for an evening of enjoying each other’s company while watching movies and eating popcorn at home.
So, it seems like my husband’s family traditions are not very different from my own. They are just different ways of celebrating with families and friends. We have two toddlers now, and it wasn’t until last Christmas that I began to really dive into the meaning of Christmas. To us, Christmas is now about creating wonderful memories and fun experiences for the kids, in addition to connecting with family and friends. It’s about doing things with the kids, helping them feel the Christmas Spirit through Santa Claus, and creating excitement and suspense about coming downstairs to find lots of presents under the tree. To help our kids get involved with preparing for this Christmas, I created an Advent Calendar (pictured on the right) with their help. I did most of the sewing of course, but they put sticky numbers on the pockets and helped give lots of design feedback. A new twist to the classic set of ornaments, we incorporated some ornaments that reflect my Chinese heritage, such as felt crafted fortune cookie, wooden block with the brush stroke character “JOY,” a wind chime, and origami stars. Since December 1st, my kids have been alternating in taking the ornament out of each pocket to hang on the calendar. They get so excited to do it every morning and sometimes fight over whose turn it is to do it again. It was a bigger project than I thought, and finding the miniature ornaments that would fit into the pockets wasn’t easy, but seeing their excitement in participation is rewarding and priceless. I plan to recreate new editions of the calendar when they are old enough to experience more of the process in making it, and I look forward to learning and creating more traditions with my own family and teaching our kids the beauty of cultural differences and the true value of family traditions.
The shopping is done and presents are wrapped (hopefully!) so now it’s time to embrace the holiday spirit! At Tea, we all have different ways that we celebrate the holidays. Below some of our staffed shared their favorite festive traditions. Some are funny, quirky, or sweet, but all reflect the season’s spirit of family and charitable giving.
“My Nonna would always take us to the toy store to pick out presents for children at an orphanage her church worked with. Even though I did not know these children, I remember being super concerned about whether or not they would like the presents. I put a lot of care and effort into picking out just the right toys. We’d also carefully wrap each present, which was equally as important to me. I hand colored all the wrapping paper and made sure each present looked ‘perfect’.” Katy, Designer
“Every winter my family makes Chinese Winter Balls. These are balls of dough that you eat with a cabbage broth. The production and consumption of these winter balls happens right when it starts to be winter so a Winter Solstice- like tradition. Making these balls is a huge production, you have people mixing dough and kids running around with sticky hands, but all the work is worth it. Nothing says winter like eating Winter Balls. There is also a dessert version of the balls with peanut butter or seasame paste injected inside the balls that you drink with a sweet/sugary broth.” Priscilla, Customer Service
“Every year, we arrange the little snow village up on top of the piano decked with all the tiny porcelain houses, figurines and snow covered trees as possible. My sister and I also like to watch White Christmas and sing along to it.” Isabelle, Tech Designer
“Every year we have a Mexican Feast for Christmas dinner. We also make our own wrapping paper, either by carving and printing stamps or hand drawing it.” Amber, Textile Designer
“My family prepares a traditional Polish meal every Christmas Eve. The recipes have been handed down from generations and consist of potato and cottage cheese filled pierogi and a mushroom borscht soup which takes 2 days to prepare. Yum! I can’t wait to eat it soon.” Laura, VP of Design
“We just started to have a special brunch on Christmas, just the 3 of us, me my husband, and my son, a couple of years ago.” – Eva, Product Development and Production
“Christmas Eve we sit down with the kids and read about the meaning of Christmas and giving, read “Twas the night before Christmas” and sing carols. Then leave cookies and milk out for Santa and carrots out for the reindeer.” – Cristina, Tech Designer
“My husband’s family is from Uruguay so we make cookies called alfajores as gifts for the holiday season. Alfajores are a sweet sandwich cookie featuring a layer of dulce de leche, in the middle of two sweet biscuits and coated with chocolate or sprinkled with powdered sugar.” – Tracy, Head of Production & Technical Design
We hope you enjoyed learning about the yearly traditions that our staff cherishes. We wish you a holiday filled with cheer, warmth, and lots of great memories.
Please share with us below, what’s your family’s favorite holiday tradition?
While we decided to go with a less traditional color palette for our holiday collection this year, Mexico was still filled with red & green inspiration that we wanted to share with you. Come back tomorrow for the inspiration behind our Highland Holiday color palette.
Did you know the poinsettia is indigenous to Mexico, where they call it “Noche Buena,” meaning Christmas Eve? The association of the poinsettia with Christmas began in Mexico. Can you see the poinsettia influence in some of the Mexican floral motifs?
Behind the Design Bonus: Día de los Muertos Downloadable Puzzle
A little while back, we wrote about how much we enjoyed our trip to Mexico City. We had a particularly fun day on a colorful boat made even more memorable by the mariachi band that played for us from their very own boat. We took that fabuloso experience and gave it a little Day of the Dead twist by turning our band into a trio of skeletons on the Mariachi en Barco Tee.
On November 2nd (not coincidentally close to Halloween), the Día de los Muertos holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico and in many Latino communities around the world (and here in San Francisco).
On the San Francisco site, I learned that “Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to our honoring our ancestors. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that have passed away.
In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated in the Mission district since the early 70s with art, music, performances and a walking procession.”
Help your kids learn about and honor their own ancestors with this Día de los Muertos puzzle from our Modern Mexico Activity Book. Just click on the image below and print it out at your favorite size.
I’ll be thinking about my loved ones too – especially my grandmother Mabel, who passed away 2 years ago at the age of 97 in Tucson, Arizona, very close to the time of the Day of the Dead.
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